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A Senatorial Centennial: How Congress Was Reshaped 100 Years Ago This Week

Raymond A. Smith, Ph.D. | Posted 05.29.2013 | Politics
Raymond A. Smith, Ph.D.

It was exactly one hundred years ago that the 17th Amendment was enacted to shift the election of senators from state legislatures to the voters of each state. This is a largely forgotten episode of American political history, but its effects still resonate down until today.

GOP Lawmaker Pulls Pre-1913 Bill, Delays Vote After Criticism

The Huffington Post | John Celock | Posted 04.02.2013 | Politics

A vote on Tennessee legislation to require U.S. Senate candidates to be nominated by the state legislature was delayed Monday by the bill's own Republ...

GOP Lawmakers Advance Bil Partially Ending Century Old Law

The Huffington Post | John Celock | Posted 03.26.2013 | Politics

A Tennessee state Senate committee voted Tuesday to advance legislation that would partially end the direct election of U.S. senators in the state. ...

John Celock

GOP Congressman Backs Ending Century-Long Practice | John Celock | Posted 02.21.2013 | Politics

Republican state legislators in Georgia who want to cease direct elections of United States senators apparently have an ally in one of the state's Rep...

GOP Lawmakers Seek To Repeal Century Old Practice

The Huffington Post | John Celock | Posted 02.20.2013 | Politics

A group of Republican state lawmakers in Georgia wants to end direct election of United States senators and return the power to state legislatures. ...

State GOP Calls For Sovereignty

The Huffington Post | John Celock | Posted 06.29.2012 | Politics

The Idaho Republican Party last weekend adopted a party platform that calls for the return to the gold standard, the end of the direct election of U.S...

John Celock

Lawmakers Push Change To Century-Old Law | John Celock | Posted 12.14.2011 | Politics

A group of New Hampshire lawmakers -- including two tied to "birther" movement leader Orly Taitz -- are pushing a measure to partially end direct elec...